OK so built up continues.
October 2010 continued
Cusco front lower brace fitted along with the rear axle and coilovers
car on coilovers and the lower brace near the floor.
right so i had the car Mot'd again.
now it was only after a short time i realized the car was too low with that brace and that the top mounts on the coilovers were knocking not a lot but a little bit and it annoyed me.
so i took it back to the workshop fitted stock suspension and removed the brace!
the car stayed like this until december, i only put it on the road to test for any remaining knocks and issues that the swap had cause.
Now remember i said i had been saving money or buying bits for the car whilst it was off the road? yes? well i might have missed out a couple of small details
1st small item
Glanza brakes and yellow stuff pads.
BC racing coilovers.
The reason for the new brakes...
well this was no longer needed
leaving me with this.
the reason being, as i had purchased this through a friend who worked at an import garage
this was brought through new era imports, very impressed with the service, great guys to speak and deal with even japanese speaking miguel in japan
this is the genuine milage in japan (picture isnt working) but 33030kms = 20523miles and it was an automatic, happy dayz
so set about getting it all fitted in the workshop
i used the ae92 box and mounts used on the previous engine and tried it in there, the alternator tensioner and bracket both were different to the 16v so the tensioner was removed as the bracket on the alternator was also adjustable so ground some meat off the top of the bracket and refitted it, job done, engine was in. had the manifold modded to suit the 20v and job was done for the time being!
excuse the messy engine bay here, there was 2 wiring looms at the time
once it was in, i fitted the driveshafts put some oil in it and towed it to a friends (Matt who did the previous wiring) where we put it in his garage to do the new harness.
Now the 2nd time round the wiring went a lot smoother, he had built himself a swift gti turbo and had done the custom wiring on this so had a good idea of how to work with car wiring this time!
we set about removing the auto box wiring, looped the neutral switch at the ecu so the car could start. then plugged the 20v loom in and run the loom to roughly where it should be. any wire that ran to the bay fuse box we wired into the ep's fuse box. The ecu was fixed under the dash and the loom pulled through and plugged in, any other wires were then numbered and fitted to a choco block for testing.
once we got it all in and double checked everything we test fired it. surprisingly we got it fired up 1st time
had forgetten to tighten the bolts on the water pump but other than that it was running sweet!
So i spent the next few nights up until past 1am pulling each plug off untangling and running it back neatly, taping them up as i went. The loom was then removed a couple of extra wires for some gauges fitted and wrapped in the twisty conduit stuff, re-taped, refitted and we were sorted!
fit the plenum over the throttles and fit drainage pipe and HKS RB25DET filter and wala...
little bit of clearance issues
a little bit of testing on a private road.
dyno session with speed limiter still in place
167.2fly at limiter 7770rpm quite a few 100rpm left!
stock auto ecu
Obx 16v manifold
2.5" exhaust made by i-tuned, still with TTE tailpipe
after this the car was fine for ages, changed a few bits here and there like the interior, got some glanza interior panels, Optional extra top spec floor matts (5 piece) electic mirrors and rear bumper
new ( window switches got changed later)
Lost track of time now some time into 2012 i think!
Then the problems, fitted a half size civic rad and had a custom pipe made up. a week or 2 later the pipe popped off a few miles from home, no biggie, got some beading welded on and that was sorted. but when bleeding the system i noticed the knocking i thought was the VVT pulley was actually something knocking against the crank pulley. i could see it wobbling like it was off balance!
civic rad and custom pipe (bit weird)
well got down and had a look only to discover this in the lower cambelt cover.
that is a bolt... It had fallen out of the engine mount inside the cover and taken a liking to the belt!!
heres the mount with the missing bolt (warning of powder coating, alway retighten anything bolted against it)
slightly munched belt.
now whilst replacing the belt it made sense to replace the bearing and the lower casing obviously (just in case any debris got in the bearing) and i also made a custom manual tensioner as you never know when or if you will need to replace the belt etc
cleaned and degreased, had an oil leak from the o-ring on the dipstick (replaced)
belt refitted millage
troubles solved... again
next on the list of mods was some trumpets and ITG sausage filter, got this from a levin that was for sale and these were for sale with it so P.m'd the bloke, got a good price and had them delivered
on the levin
On the starlet
next was some lightweight JDM wheels, not sure of make but weighed 12kgs with tyre and came with Advan AD08's which were barely used, i got these for little more than the cost of the tyres brand new!
also purchased a HKS racing 4-1 manifold which i neated up and started heat wrapping as it had been rewelded by ray charles
but i didnt get it fitted straight away as i would need my exhaust modifing to suit as i was using a 16v manifold at the time. so instead i got a TRD front brace and a cusco rear, refurbed the TRD one black and white so suit the bay. I had also brought a new 5spd gearbox from a levin, £110 collected from birmingham. Picked it up chucked it in the back of the corolla and set home. get home and iv got a spare ae92 box so just compare the 2 and the pin through the diff is different, check online turns out the new box has a OEM lsd fitted WINNER!!
so back to matts to use the garage again,
old box, painted a bit tacky even tho i painted it haha
new box in, testing and 2nd gear crunches at low RPM but fine under abuse.... owell abuse it is lol
new box has shorter ratio's in 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th not sure about 5th
Early August 2012
Then made another trip to birmingham to swap a genuine Toms bucket (another cheap bonus from the import garage) seat and my corolla passengers seat for a set of recaros with a little bit of cash his way.
needed a bit of a scrubbing but i was happy with them, made the return journey alot better than the toms bucket
didnt get the door cards because they were for manual and mine electric so one of use would have had visual holes left!
Mid to late August 2012
Then finally finished the manifold and got a £20 3" sports cat from a friend and a RARB from someone on facebook, got them fitted and the next day had it sound checked and it cleared for use on snetterton for an amateur track day!
bit of boredem whilst waiting for the exhaust
Picture of me on track
Video from my Iphone cable tied to my rear veiw mirror.
Not a brilliant session, some me being a retard, some the car like front brakes were shocking after a few mins :/
so after the session my brakes looked like this, 20mins or about 8mins of actual hard driving :/
so next upgrade was WMS 277x25mm 4 pot setup
motul rpf600 fluid
ferrodo ds2500 pads
little bit of a difference from the glanza 256x18mm singles with yellow stuff and ebc discs
then up came another dyno day
75mm trumpets and ITG filter
HKS racing 4-1 mani
3" sports cat
delimited auto ECU
175.7fly @ 8150
131.6wheel @ 8130
side by side dyno with previous results in red, as you can see the open setup looses mid-range power and torque. but the sound is more than worth the loss
bad video, good sound
and now the latest plans, picked up some Omori gauges that need fitting, an optional extra armrest and a spare bonnet
stock bonnet with vent cut into it, being painted chalkboard black in my bedroom with a paint brush haha
Im currently waiting on a fuel tank, powder coated wishbones to fit some poly bushes in, got a whiteline 24mm FARB to fit, a OMP rep steering wheel and some JDM reflet crystal headlights. will be getting these all fitted when they all turn up and i get some motivation to fit them all.
anyway heres a few extra pictures of her when shes all cleaned up
P.S If any of the private road clips aren't to the forums liking i shall remove them!
Comments and opinions welcome guys